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Mayor Welcomes Tufts Physical Therapy Program to Phoenixhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2173Mayor's Office12/15/2021 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2173/Mayor Newsroom Generic Picture.pngMayor Welcomes Tufts Physical Therapy Program to Phoenix<div class="ExternalClass97B49A82BCC640C2894410F57CD4E1F7"><html>​​​​​​​​​Mayor Kate Gallego announced today that Tufts University School of Medicine will expand its Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program to Phoenix. The program will locate in downtown Phoenix inside Block 23 at CityScape, 101 E Washington St., and plans to welcome  its first class of 100 students in June 2022. The new location is expected to fuel job growth in the area.<br><br>“The Tufts DPT program’s selection of Phoenix is an investment in our people and builds on the  excellence we have established with the Phoenix Biomedical Campus,” said Mayor Gallego. “We are a primary market in the Western U.S. where you can you find a talented mix of researchers, doctors, innovators, educators and thought leaders, and Tufts‘ rigorous program will help deliver some of the nation’s top practitioners.”<br><br>The Tufts DPT programs offer an accelerated hybrid education model designed to develop high-performing healthcare professionals with the skills and perspectives necessary to meet team oriented healthcare demands in the 21st century, and serve the health and well-being of  diverse populations. The School of Medicine’s decision to expand the program comes as the  need for physical therapists continues to increase. <br><br>“The projected employment gap for physical therapists in Arizona is over 40% through the year <br>2028, and that has compounded as a result of the pandemic, and so, we are committed to <br>addressing this need by developing the highest quality professionals under the Tufts banner,” <br>said Program Director Eric Hegedus, PT, DPT, PhD, MHSc. “We are also excited to be a dynamic <br>partner with professionals in the Valley of the Sun.”<br><br>Tufts will launch the new hybrid, accelerated DPT program in Phoenix with an inaugural class in <br>Summer 2022. Expansion of the DPT program to Phoenix follows demand on the West Coast <br>and the success of the DPT Boston program last year. Tufts DPT combines virtual face-to-face <br>classes, onsite hands-on skills labs, and patient-focused clinical education experiences to build <br>innovative and rigorous DPT programs in a world-class medical school. Students complete the <br>programs from anywhere in the country and attend eight immersive onsite skills labs critical to  developing patient management skills.<br><br>Phoenix, Arizona is the fifth largest city in the United States. With a population of 1.7 million, it is also the fastest growing city in the nation. For more information about Phoenix and services available through the city, please visit <a href="https://phoenix.gov" target="_blank">phoenix.gov.</a><br><br>##<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego to Co-Chair Effort for Water Solutionshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2130Mayor's Office11/4/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2130/50L_Photo_001.jpgMayor Gallego to Co-Chair Effort for Water Solutions<div class="ExternalClassC0610D0E3DD840D3886F1E0D24415B12"><html> ​​(GLASGOW, SCOTTLAND) – Mayor Kate Gallego has been named Public Sector Co-chair of the <a target="_blank" href="https://50lhome.org/">50 Liter Home Coalition</a> (50L Home), a collaborative of private, public, and civic leaders who aim to reinvent the future of urban water use through innovations that reduce carbon emissions and promote water security for all.  The announcement came during today's <a target="_blank" href="https://ukcop26.org">COP26</a> sessions, which featured Mayor Gallego and IKEA Group's Chief Sustainability Officer leading a discussion on how cities can address multi-system challenges around water security.<br><br>“Our members and partners in the 50L Home Coalition envision a future where water efficiency and zero-carbon living are an irresistible aspiration for all," said Braulio Eduardo Morera, Director of the 50L Home Coalition. “To achieve such an ambitious target, it is essential we engage with cities and communities and listen to their leaders. We are delighted Mayor Kate Gallego has accepted our Coalition's invitation to be our Public Sector Chair. Her vision for Phoenix as a desert community that prioritizes sustainable growth will be a north star for our work; together we will innovate new water and energy solutions, learn from global best practices, and share what Phoenicians have learned."<br><br>“Just as we have led in innovations like cool pavement, we will continue to find new solutions to address water scarcity and drought," said Mayor Gallego. “I look forward to my role as Co-chair and piloting programs cities around the world have designed, so we can demonstrate the results, and lessons learned, and share them widely. The breakthroughs will become the standard practices of the future."<br><br>The 50L Home Coalition is a global action-oriented platform that unites leaders from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to address two of the world's most pressing challenges: water <br>security and climate change. This global collaboration aims to transform the way we use water and energy at home, and change the narrative on domestic water consumption by making a water-efficient lifestyle – one where each person uses 50 liters of water per day – both attainable and irresistible. In selecting Mayor Gallego as Public Sector Chair, the Coalition noted her strong environmental leadership, driven by a desire to keep Phoenix a frontrunner in sustainability.<br><br>The 50L Home was inspired by Cape Town's response to a major drought and the looming prospect of a 'Day-Zero' in 2017 and 2018 – the day the city would be forced to turn off water service to all citizens. Cape Town residents had to significantly reduce their water use at home to only 50 liters per person per day. Many cities all over the world are facing a similar threat of Day Zero conditions due to severe water scarcity, while millions of urban dwellers still don't have access to safe drinking water in their homes.<br><br>“As a desert city, Phoenix is a living lab for water and energy innovation, with an essential need to make the most of every drop. The work we do now will inform the lives of the next generation, including my son," said Mayor Gallego. “I want them to experience a verdant, vital world that has recovered from its most serious threat."<br><br>Launched on October 27, 2020, the 50L Home Coalition is supported by an emerging group of global private partners - including Electrolux, Engie, IKEA, Kohler, Procter & Gamble (P&G), Suez, and Arcadis. It was convened by the World Economic Forum, 2030 Water Resources Group, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.<br><br>Mayor Gallego joins private sector co-chair Shailesh Jejurikar, Chief Operating Officer of P&G. The Public Sector Co-Chair role represents non-governmental organization, international governmental organizations, as well as other government or other interested groups that join the 50L Home initiative. <br><br>50L Home was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of its Lighthouse Projects in 2020. Lighthouse Projects exemplify the ways in which stakeholders are making concrete progress to address the pressing societal, economic, environmental, technology, regional and industry<br>challenges of our time. In May 2021, 50L Home was recognized by Fast Company as an Honorable Mention in the General Excellence category of its 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards.<br> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego, Council Members Approve Strategic Plan for Federal Relief Dollars https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1944Mayor's Office6/9/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1944/Newsroom_Mayor_Statement.jpgMayor Gallego, Council Members Approve Strategic Plan for Federal Relief Dollars <div class="ExternalClass70035FFE42FB415E8F0F55BF98650C89"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">M</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council have approved a robust strategic plan for how to spend $198 million in federal ARPA assistance funds.</span></p> <p>“This plan takes care of our residents, from the youngest to the most senior," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Businesses are still hurting from the effects of the COVID recession. We will help them get back on their feet. Older adults will be able to receive healthy food and dementia care, and children will have access to technology to help them learn and activities to keep them engaged after school." The plan, approved during last night's meeting of the Phoenix City Council, also prioritized <strong><em>jobs/workforce development, small business assistance, vaccination, education and assistance for vulnerable people. </em></strong></p> <p>ARPA, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Joe Biden in March. The $1.9 trillion economic stimulus plan distributes federal monies to states, tribes and cities to help lessen the damage done over the previous year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Phoenix will ultimately receive approximately $396 million over the next two years, delivered in two equal allocations. <br><br></p> <p>The council's work today focused on the first $198 million allocation Phoenix received in May. Highlights include: </p> <ul> <li> <strong>JOBS</strong>. Members of our communities lost jobs when businesses shut down or closed because of the covid-caused slowdown. Council approved <strong>$10 million</strong> for workforce training, as well as 'wrap-around' services – like childcare – that will remove barriers for job seekers. </li> <li> <strong>SMALL AND MICRO BUSINESSES. </strong>More than <strong>$8 million</strong> will go to assist businesses still struggling from the after-effects of pandemic shutdowns and slowdowns. Another <strong>$2.75 million</strong> will be used to stabilize arts and culture organizations, so they can resume sustainable operations. Many businesses are ready to re-engage but can't find the employees they need. An additional <strong>$2 million</strong> will help these small operations find, train, and retain employees. </li> <li> <strong>VACCINATION.</strong> While vaccination numbers are increasing, there are still two-thirds of the people in Maricopa County who have not yet received their shots. The strategic plan envisions investing $5 million in education, outreach and incentives to encourage vaccine uptake. Funds will also be used <strong>to convert mobile testing vans to mobile vaccination vans</strong> that can reach those who may not be able to easily drive to a vaccination site or who have trouble taking time off from work. </li> <li> <strong>EDUCATION. </strong>Parents and students alike experienced sustained stress in 2020 as they tried to cope with online classes and the reality that our students were falling behind in their studies. The Mayor and council members agreed to set aside <strong>$28.8 million</strong> for youth sports, education and after-school programs. That includes broader availability of wireless networks, expansion of early childhood education programs, College Depot programs that prepare teens for a college career, early literacy tutoring, sports league grants and parks after-school programs – all strategies intended to help kids make up for lost time and bring their education back on-track.</li> <li> <strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ASSISTANCE FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS. </strong> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">A total of $28 million is intended to help struggling families with utilities, rent and mortgage. Another $31.5 million will go to assist individuals, families and military veterans experiencing homelessness, mental health care assistance, and heat respite facilities.</span> </li> </ul> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> <br style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">“The decisions we made today put money where it matters," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Although some sectors of the economy are booming, we still have small business owners hanging on by a thread, employees who lost their jobs and are trying to get back into the workforce, and kids who have fallen too far behind in school – not to mention arts communities that have been at a standstill, and veterans who are on the verge of homelessness. By offering targeted help to these groups, we give them a better opportunity for success and, in turn, improve the recovery outlook for our entire city." </span> <br>​<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Phoenix Gets 11 New Electric Vehicle Chargershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1895Mayor's Office5/12/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1895/Newsroom_Mayor_Statement.jpgPhoenix Gets 11 New Electric Vehicle Chargers<div class="ExternalClass6E77ADB6735943BF93D89F66B04D1138"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​Mayor Kate Gallego and the Phoenix City Council have authorized the purchase of additional Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers. The dual-port charging stations are for use by the public and will be installed at eleven locations parks and library locations city-wide. </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​</span></p> <p>“Electric vehicles are a critical part of our clean-energy future," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “To have cleaner air, and to blunt the effects of climate change, we must move away from gasoline and toward electricity. Yet, many people are still hesitant because of what's called 'range anxiety' – the worry that the EV's charge will run out before they reach their destination. Easing that anxiety means having more charging stations at more locations and thanks to SRP, that is exactly what we're accomplishing."<br></p> <p>These installations are possible because of an incentive rebate program Salt River Project (SRP) made available to cities. Total cost to purchase and install these charging stations was an estimated $224,000. The SRP rebate brings the city's cost down to less than half of the cost associated with installing the charging stations.<br></p> <p>“SRP's EV-related incentives promote improved electric vehicle infrastructure across the Valley which supports our EV drivers and increases EV adoption," said Kelly Barr, Chief Strategy, Corporate Services and Sustainability Executive at SRP. “SRP is thrilled the city of Phoenix recognizes the value associated with adding more EV charging stations and helping remove barriers for residents driving electric. The reward is lower carbon emissions and improved air quality for years to come."<br></p> <p>Electric vehicles and the essential infrastructure to support them remains a high priority for newly inaugurated District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari.<br></p> <p>“Ensuring that electric vehicles are affordable for working families and advancing electric infrastructure are powerful ways to combat air pollution in our city, and we will reap the benefits for generations to come," said Councilwoman Ansari. “It's a multi-fold return on investment. Electrification is set to create thousands of good-paying jobs, improve tourism, and position Phoenix as a global leader on climate action and sustainability."<br></p> <p>Mayor and council members also authorized Phoenix to sign-on to the <em>C40 Clear Air Cities Declaration</em>. <a href="https://www.c40.org/" target="_blank">C40</a> is a network of the world's megacities committed to addressing climate change.<br></p> <p>Ozone and particulate matter pollution remain serious challenges for the Phoenix metro area. By signing-on to the Declaration, Phoenix gains access to resources and information, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with cities worldwide in the effort to identify best practices and put those effective ideas to work here. The Declaration also further affirms Phoenix's commitment to achieving excellent air quality.  ​<br><br></p> <p>For more information about environmental programs and sustainability in the city of Phoenix, please visit <a href="/oep" target="_blank">https://www.phoenix.gov/oep</a>.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego Signs the Mayor's Monarch Pledge https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1878Mayor's Office4/30/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1878/Monarch Pledge.jpgMayor Gallego Signs the Mayor's Monarch Pledge <div class="ExternalClass1F2FF25065A24DF2A66505C18A64DA1F"><html> <p>​</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">Today, Mayor Gallego celebrated National Native Plant Month and her signing of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge by visiting the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center.</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">The LEED Platinum certified Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is a nature center in the heart of Phoenix’s Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area—a 600-acre park space in the historic Salt River corridor. Located less than two miles from downtown Phoenix, the Center is a gateway to a lush Sonoran riparian habitat used by over 200 species of birds and other wildlife.</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">Rio Salado has several efforts underway to promote native plant growth and support habitats for monarchs and other species, including an invasive species removal program, a monarch waystation garden, educational signage and materials, and the upcoming planting of additional pollinator plants and milkweed in Fall 2021.</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">Following Mayor Gallego’s signing of the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, the City of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs plans to coordinate with departmental liaisons to develop a five-year plan of city actions.</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">The City has already taken action to help Monarch butterflies by creating a monarch waystation garden as part of the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration project along the Salt River near downtown Phoenix.</p> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">Multiple city departments, including Water, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Library, City Manager’s Office, Communications Office, and Arts & Culture, have committed to participate in developing and implementing actions to achieve the pledge commitment. Action could include efforts such as engaging with private partners to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat, creating community art projects, promoting monarch habitat via outreach to media and schools, providing educational materials, and identifying opportunities on city-owned property to develop monarch habitat or demonstration gardens.​​​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office

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Mayor Kate Gallego has a vision for Phoenix: she sees it as a place that is vibrant and growing, and one where every person is treated with dignity and respect. 

Mayor Gallego is a strong advocate for smart business growth and investment – she recently helped land the city’s largest-ever business development deal, a $12 billion semiconductor manufacturing plant that will bring significant economic development for decades to come.  She is leading the city to global status as a leader in bioscience, technology, research, and advanced manufacturing. 

The Mayor is also leading Phoenix to meet its goal to become the most sustainable desert city in the United States. She has fostered investments in cool solutions, including the nation’s first, publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation; launched the city’s successful cool pavement pilot; and led the charge toward building the necessary EV infrastructure to get fossil fuel powered vehicles off the road.

Mayor Gallego is the second elected female Mayor in Phoenix history and one of the youngest big city Mayors in the United States. In November 2020, she was returned to office with the highest number of votes ever cast for a mayoral candidate in Phoenix. 

A graduate of Harvard University, she earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the Phoenix City Council in 2013, representing south Phoenix and the city’s downtown core. Prior professional pursuits include strategic planning and economic development for one of Arizona’s largest utility companies and service in state government, as part of the Governor’s team.

Mayor Kate Gallego enjoys a desert hike and a good read. She is Mom to five-year-old Michael.​